What pollutes India?: Biomass burning remains the biggest contributor, but its share is falling because of PMUY

This article originally appeared in Financial Express About 48% of these emissions come from the use of biomass, such as fuelwood and dung cakes, for cooking and heating. Air pollution is a pan-India problem. In 2022, the average PM2.5 levels across the country were 10.7 times higher than the WHO standard. This means that almost the […]

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Clean air? Target cooking, not cars

This article originally appeared in Times of India Dust aside, biomass burning contributes most to PM2.5-led air pollution countrywide. Households are bigger emitters than farmers. Industry emissions come next Air pollution is a pervasive issue in India, with the Indo-Gangetic Plain suffering the most severe consequences. The severity of this problem is underscored by recent

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Net Zero is a win-win

This article originally appeared in Heinrich Boll Stiftung Article The transformative potential of decarbonisation is that it can meet socio-economic goals better than current development pathways. The Paris Agreement that India signed alongside 195 other countries in 2015 came into effect on 4 November 2016. Article 4.1 of the Paris Agreement refers to the goal of achieving

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GLOF’s Sikkim shocker: Much before the flooding, local & green groups had flagged risks

This article originally appeared in The Times of India The year 2023 has witnessed significant upheavals in the Himalayas. The Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) in Sikkim that swept away humans, houses, bridges and a dam was the latest in a series of unsettling reports throughout the year. First came the sinking of Joshimath but

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दुनिया में सहयोग बढ़ाने की पहल

This article originally appeared in Navbharat Times G20 के शीर्ष पर भारत का कार्यकाल एक परिवर्तन एजेंडे के लिए याद किया जायगा जो यथास्थिति को चुनौती देता है और वैश्विक सहयोग की पुनरकल्पना करता है

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El Chunao: Monsoon & Mandates

This article originally appeared in The Times of India El Nino is likely affecting rains. From colonial times, this weather phenomenon has strongly shaped India’s political-economy. How it will impact 2023-24’s many elections will depend on govt response: As forecasts from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the US and the World Meteorological Organisation

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Heatwaves & Cool Heads

This article originally appeared in The Times of India We shouldn’t panic about summer extremes, because there are well-understood solutions. The trick is to implement them smartly Dear Sir,I write to you from Lucknow, hoping you could answer some of my questions.1.  Are we inevitably headed towards an unlivable India due to heatwaves?2.  Do you

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